Mahe Tourism, Seychelles: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023
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Mahe is the perfect getaway from the loud and busy city life. It is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean between 40 and 1600 kilometers from Africa's east coast. You will be surprised knowing the place has around 115 islands and among those, Mahe is the largest. It is a dreamy location with around 24000 inhabitants. So if you are planning to make a trip to exotic islands, this is the perfect place.

People come here from different parts of the world to admire the richness of flora and fauna. Moreover, the powdery-fine white sand, crystal-clear water, round boulder formations, and lush green palm trees make it a perfect location for enjoying the weekend. This remote island evokes the idea of paradise as it is beautifully lined with palm trees, a turquoise ocean, and white sand. Seychelles has so much to explore, and it is a truly varied and multi-faceted holiday destination.

Furthermore, it has so many beautiful beaches, like Anse Lazio, the most famous picturesque spot in Seychelles. Another is the Anse Georgette, where people come for snorkeling and get enchanted in the turquoise ocean surface. Moreover in Victoria city, you can explore the famous clock tower and the beautiful botanic garden. Apart from visiting places, there are hundreds of activities that you can try as well.

When speaking about activities, how can we miss Game Fishing. It is the most popular activity that the locals enjoy, so make sure to try it. Apart from this, try golf, horse riding, scuba diving, mountain hikes, snorkeling, and other sea activities. These activities include kiteboarding, windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, kite surfing, and paragliding. Mahe is the most fun place with the enormous option of water-based sports for visitors to try.

You also don't have to be worried about the weather that your activity will spoil due to cold water. The place is blessed with tropical temperatures all year long that ranges from 24 to 30 degrees. This means it is never too cold for deep-sea diving or other water sports. However, if you plan to visit Seychelles, make sure you visit in either the month of April-May when the climate is hot and humid for underwater diving or October-November when the weather is cool for sailing.
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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Mahe?

    1. Victoria: Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world. It is the republic's cultural hub and business center. In the middle of the city, you will find the famous victoria clock tower and a national monument that has been kept ticking since 1903. Moreover, there is a bustling market, a beautiful trimmed botanical garden, and a fistful of alluring old colonial buildings for you to explore in the city. The visitors find the place a tropical paradise covered with steep mountain slopes and beautiful modern structures alongside.

    - Location: North-eastern coast of Mahe, Seychelles

    2. Beau Vallon: Beau Vallon is another famous beach of Mahe admired by most visitors. The beach has a sweeping bay of white sand and crystal-clear azure water located on the north-western part of Mahe. Moreover, the waters of Beau Vallon are very safe for swimming and trying other water sports. The place is a mixture of jaw-dropping surroundings, beautiful scenery, widespread appeal, and a hub of unlimited activity options. Furthermore, the beach has no strong currents, rocks, or corals underfoot, thus, also very safe for children.

    - Location: North-western coast of Mahe, Seychelles

    3. Port Glaud: Port Glaud Beach is a cosy, oft-deserted piece of sand well-known for its beauty. The scenery of the sea, rocks, sand and sun make it a pleasant getaway for the weekend, and you will also not get bored because of the different activity that the place offers. It has a tranquil atmosphere perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can visit restaurants placed in the vicinity of the beach which offer great food every time. Moreover, the beach has the best shops to shop in and big supermarkets that contain exotic fruits and vegetables. However, the visitors find this place to be mostly deserted, so you have the opportunity of spending alone time with your partner and snapping hundreds of photos.

    - Location: North-western coast of Mahe, Seychelles

    4. Roche Caiman: Roche Caiman is famous for its bird sanctuary. The sanctuary is a hot spot for nature enthusiasts and bird lovers where they get to catch a glimpse of the migrant and endemic species of birds. Also, there are different insects, amphibians, plants, and reptiles that are very rare. Moreover, it contains a huge collection of varied species found only in the wetland reserves of Seychelles. You will also find a heritage organic garden containing a demonstration farm with fruit trees, food crops, and medicinal plants.

    - Location: Providence Highway, Roche Caiman, Victoria, Seychelles

    5. Grand Anse and Barbarons: Grand Anse and Babarons is known as the longest beach of Mahe. However, due to strong water current, it is not advisable to swim in the ocean. The beach is surrounded by tranquil forest, wild waves and beautiful sand, ideal for surfing. It is perfect for spending your time laying on the beach or enjoying a leisure stroll on the sand. Grand Anse and Babarons is suitable for every mood. After the lazy day, you can grab a bite in the restaurant at the beachfront, which offers amazingly delicious food.

    - Location: Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
    - Time: Monday to Saturday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

    6. Anse Royale: The long stretch of small rock-fringed coves along the coastline of Anse Royale Beach makes it an enchanting place for tourists to visit. The site offers an amazing background for swimming and snorkelling. The best place to try snorkelling is around the famous rock at fairyland where you get to see some mesmerizing view. The path of snorkelling will lead you to a beautiful small island just off the coast. The island is famous for its masses of brightly coloured coral fish. The water is divided by a reef to keep the larger fish away. Moreover, make sure not to swim too far as the ocean currents are too strong for swimming.

    - Location: South-east coast of Mahe, Seychelles
    - Time: 10:00am to 5:30 pm

    7. Le Domaine De Val De Pres: Le Domaine De Val De Pres is a craft village which forms a beautiful part of Patrimwann. People come here to witness traditional creole habitats' culture or to make sure to create history by getting married there. Le Domaine De Val De Pres consists of five attractions which beautifully depicts the creole architecture, gastronomy, art and crafts. They are the Gran Kaz plantation house built in the year 1870, 12 craft workshops hosted by the local craftsman, La Kaz Rosa, a 20th-century working-class home, and Maison de Coco, a house made of the products of coconut.

    - Location: Ile de Mahe, Au cap, Praslin Island, Seychelles
    - Time: Monday to Saturday, 8:00am to 4:00pm

    8. Anse Forbans and Anse Marie Louise: Anse Marie-Louise is located in the same bay as the Anse Forbans. In fact, many people address Anse Marie-Louise as the extension of Anse Forbans. However, both the beaches include flat, shallow waters. The bay is separated from the open ocean with a coral reef border of 100 m long. There are tranquil beach sports wrapped in turquoise blue clear water and sparkling sand. It is ideal for snorkelling and swimming. The beach is deserted most of the time with little tourists and locals, so you can have all the beach's scenic beauty to yourself.

    - Location: South-east coast of Mahe, Seychelles

    9. Anse Intendance: The beach is a perfect attraction spot for many tourists. It contains enchanting fine-powered white sand, thickly vegetated mountain background, imposing granite formation and ideal turquoise water. Thus, it makes Anse Intendance perfect for a real postcard image. It comes under one of the jaw-dropping beaches of Seychelles.

    - Location: South of Mahe, Seychelles

    10. Anse Aux Poules Bleus: It is a quiet calm bay with a tranquil atmosphere that makes it a great place for tourists to come and relax, miles away from the chaos of the city. The ocean water is safe and shallow for swimming. You can also relax under the sunshade under the tree lines along the coast of the beach.

    - Location: South-west of Mahe, Seychelles
    - Time: Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
  2. What are the best things to do in Mahe?

    1. Golf: If you don't like adventurous activities and want to stick to the classy one, you can enjoy the occasional tee off in the Seychelles Golf club. There is a nine-hole golf course which is accessible to both permanent members and visitors. One can enjoy this benefit after becoming a temporary member of the club. However, you can enjoy the greens without any reservation every Thursday and Sunday afternoons.

    - Location: Au Cap, Mahe Island
    - Timing: 8:30, no booking on Thursday and Sunday required.
    - Entry fee: SCR 300-500

    2. Mountain Hikes: Mahe provides its visitor with the opportunity to walk and hike to the untouched areas of natural beauty. The hikers can hike their way to the top of Seychelles's highest peak and trek along the great trail. You can easily access the gorgeous beaches such as Anse Major, which would otherwise be inaccessible. You can also explore the natural pools, waterfalls, indigenous flora and Seychelles wildlife along your way.

    - Location: Morne Blanc, Capolia Trail, Trois Freres Trail

    3. Snorkelling: Beyond the magnificent landscape of Seychelles, there awaits a colourful marine life which you must explore. Make sure to venture beneath the crystalline beaches and ocean's surface to witness the coastline of Mahe dotted with pristine reefs, attractive sea-life, rolling lawns of seagrass and much more. It would be best if you dipped yourself to see the countless colourful fish swimming by your side. Moreover, if you are lucky enough, you might get to see the most loved animal of Seychelles, Turtle.

    - Location: Port Launay, Mahe, Seychelles
    - Entry Fees: SCR 600

    4. Scuba Diving: Besides hiking and snorkelling, you can also try scuba diving. There are trained instructors, which you will find in the Beau Vallon diving centre. After diving into the ocean, you will explore the granite formations, colourful coral reefs, and various animal life varieties. The animal life contains turtles, whale sharks, mantas, rays, dolphins, octopus, sponges, butterflyfish, whale sharks, snappers, sharks, invertebrates, and a wide array of other fish species. Many people also find small rocky islands underwater like Brissare Rocks surprisingly mesmerising.

    - Location: Beau Vallon, North-western coast Mahe, Seychelles
    - Time: 8:30 am to 5:00pm
    - Entry Fees: SCR 5300 to SCR 6300

    5. Visit a Tropical Garden: Seychelles is known for its beautiful original Garden of Eden; it contains a rare and exceptional variety of flowers and plants. It is the perfect destination for a nature lover who loves to admire the rare species in a tropical environment. These are best curated in the Botanical garden of Victoria and the Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden of Anse Royale. People also come here to study the domestic and medicinal uses of various shrubs and plants.

    - Location: Botanical Garden, Mahe, Seychelles and Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden
    - Time: 7:30am to 5:00pm and 10:00am to 5:00pm
    - Entry Fees: SCR 150 to SCR 200

    6. Try Zip-lining through the jungle: Zip-lining through the jungle is the perfect choice to provide an adrenaline rush to adventure seekers. While enjoying your beach holiday, make sure you do not miss the zip-lining through the canopy of Seychelles tropical jungle. Port Launay offers its adventurous visitor the chance to harness the unique vantage spot of Mahe. You hang above the forest floors tied to a series of zip-lines and explore each corner of the forest. The activity guarantees you the most thrilling experience of your life.

    - Location: Port Launay, north-west of Mahe, Seychelles
    - Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
    - Entry fees: SCR 1000

    7. Visit Rum or tea factory: To experience Seychelles' spirit from upfront, you need to visit the Takamaka rum distillery at La Plaine St Andre. It was built and developed by two brothers whose vision was to provide their visitors with the island's best quality rum. They extracted the recipe from their grandfather's original cookbook. You will find this distillery on the historic plantation estate and is now the home of popular Seychelles spirit. During the tour, you will be guided by a professional explaining to you the taste of the product. The product is made of island-grown sugarcane and purified spring water.

    - Location: Takamaka Rum Distillery, Mahe Island, Seychelles
    - Time: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    - Entry fees: SCR 400

    Go shopping in Mahe: After exploring the enchanting beaches of the city, make sure to spend quality time strolling in the markets, bathing under the bright sun, sipping coconut water amid lush greenery with gentle breeze brushing your face. Make sure you buy the famous female pelvis shaped fruit, Coco de Mer, locally crafted jewellery, Yi-King Essential oil, Seybrew bottle, and tea as a souvenir. The places you can shop from include Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, Anse Royale Public Market, Michael Adam's Studio for arts, Sham Peng Tong Plaza, and Unity House.

    - Location: Mahe Island, Seychelles
  3. How to reach Mahe?

    The only way to reach Mahe is to first fly to Seychelles International Airport, Seychelle’s primary airport. The airport serves international flights such as Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways. After reaching the airport, you can rent a cab or take a bus from the airport to the city of Victoria on the Island of Mahe via the Victoria-Providence Highway. Or you can also board a direct flight to Mahe by landing at the Praslin Island Airport. The airport serves flights like Air Seychelles and other chartered planes to different Islands.
  4. What is Mahe famous for?

    Mahe is famous for lots of things, among which the top attractions are Anse Intendance, Seychelles National Botanical gardens, Copolia Trail, Victoria Market, Moyenne Island, Anse Royale Beach, clock Tower, Morne Seychellois national park and Morne Blanc. At the same time, other famous beaches include La Digue Island, Baie Lazare, and Anse Lazio.
  5. Is Mahe Expensive?

    Overall speaking, Mahe is quite expensive. So, if you plan to visit Seychelles, you should set aside a budget of SCR2,223 per day where one SCR is equal to 3.415 INR. It is the average daily expense spent by most visitors. Moreover, the average hotel price you will find in Seychelles for two is SCR 1,814. So in total, a trip to Seychelles will cost you an average of SCR 31,119 for two people for one week.
  6. What is the best time to visit Mahe?

    If you want to enjoy the bright sunny days of the place, the best time to visit Mahe is between April and May. These months have the best weather condition to go swimming, snorkelling and diving since the waters are warm. However, for enjoying the cooler southeast trade winds, you should visit Mahe during October or November. During the month you get cool chilling winds which is ideal for sailing.
  7. What currency is used in Mahe?

    The local currency used in every part of Mahe is the Seychelles rupee or SCR where one SCR is equal to 3.41500 INR. So make sure to exchange your cash for Seychelles rupees after arriving here.
  8. What language is spoken in Mahe?

    The national language of Mahe, Seychelles are English, Seychellois Creole, and French. However, the most common language spoken in the archipelago is Seychellois Creole, a French-based creole language spoken by around 95% of the population. But as the British colonized the place for long, English remained the official language used in offices and business.
  9. Which are the best beaches in Mahe?

    1. Petite Anse: It is inarguably the most beautiful beach, which is both pristine and isolated. It's famous for its dense forest, silver-tinged sand, water activities and granite cliffs. So, make sure to explore it.

    2. Anse Georgette: This beach has exceptionally soft and white sand stretches. People come here to enjoy quiet shores, turquoise water, coral reefs, and strong currents. However, swimming here is not advisable.

    3. Anse La Passe: This is a fabulous beach filled with luxurious villas. The crystal-clear water, pristine stretches of sand, and calm water laps is what attracts most people. Apart from these, it has the option of snorkelling, biking, sailing, fishing, etc.

    4. Anse Major: It is known as the hidden gem of Seychelles Island, tucked away in the northwest coast of Mahe. It is famous for its dramatic view, unspoiled sand, turquoise water, lush greenery, and trekking trail.

    5. Anse Intendance: People come here to enjoy surfing; it has no reef, thus makes it an excellent spot for such activity. The serene background with lush tropical forest, iridescent blue water and beautiful sand is cherry on top.
  10. Which are the best water sports to do in Mahe?

    1. Surfing: Though Mahe is not known for surfing sport, it offers its tourists one of the best spots for surfing. You get both shortboard and longboard options to surf on the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. The robust current tests the skills of surfers and also fill them up with an adrenaline rush.

    2. Snorkelling: Make sure to explore the underwater paradise of Mahe via snorkelling. This activity will allow you to explore parrotfish, batfish, butterflyfish and other marine life of the Indian Ocean. There are lots of other surprises to explore underwater.

    3. Scuba Diving: Scuba Diving is famous as the best water sport in Mahe. By diving into the ocean, you get to encounter the best marvels of the world as it takes you to the depth of the water. You will find different varieties of fishes and dolphins swimming along your side. It is a breath-taking experience to have.

    4. Kayaking: Kayaking is a very environment-friendly water sport where you can admire open spaces, fresh breeze, beautiful lush greenery and perfect strings of pearl currents in the azure water. It is much safer than the water sport but makes sure you adhere to the safety instruction.

    5. Sailing: One of the most thrilling and enjoying watersport to try in Mahe is Sailing. This sport allows you to enjoy the inner islands, the iridescent blue water and the numerous grottos. Plus, you also get the benefit of travelling from one island to another.
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